About A+ Schools Program
Mehlville High School is one of Missouri's A+ Schools. A+ Schools Program is a comprehensive program of curricular, technological, guidance, and instructional curriculums designed to better meet the needs of all students, regardless of whether they plan to attend a traditional four-year college, a community college, a vocational or technical school, or plan to enter the labor force upon graduating from high school. Schools that achieve an A+ School designation, provide an opportunity for students who complete the program to obtain financial incentives for post-secondary education. (Financial incentives are contingent upon state funding) Good news, MHS has been a designated A+ School since 1995!
In order to be eligible for the financial incentives of this program, a student must be certified as an A+ student by MHS. To qualify, the student must meet the following A+ guidelines:
Due to score reporting deadlines, we cannot accept ACT or COMPASS test scores after April 30 of your senior year. These scores must be turned into the A+ office by April 30 of your senior year. Please keep in mind, when taking the ACT test, that it takes 3-8 weeks to receive the results so plan accordingly.
Contact your counselor, principal or Mr. Ross (314) 467-6003, if interested in the A+ Schools Program.
Common Questions about the A+ Schools program:
Q: When can students join the A+ Program?
Students may join anytime after second semester of their freshman year.
Q: When can a student begin tutoring?
A student may begin tutoring when they have turned in their signed A+ agreement AND attended one of the monthly Tutor Training sessions.
Q: What are the guidelines for tutoring? When can a student begin tutoring? Where may tutoring activities be performed?
Tutoring should be academic in nature and always be supervised by district staff. Tutoring may be for students younger, older or the same age as the student and may be performed before, during or after the school day or during summer school. All tutoring should take place in a Mehlville School District facility and supervised by a Mehlville faculty member.
Q: Does a student qualify for A+ incentive funding if his/her high school GPA upon graduation is less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and/or the studentís cumulative attendance rate are less than 95%?
No. The A+ Schools Program does not permit rounding up of the GPA percentage. The average attendance rate must be figured over a four-year period and must be a solid 95% or higher.
Q: Are students eligible for A+ incentive funds when they transfer from one high school to another?
The law requires a student to complete three years immediately prior to graduation in a designated A+ high school. This can be a combination of schools as long as the schools involved are A+ designated high schools. The high school which the student exits and the high school the student enters must both be A+ designated high schools in order for the students to be eligible for A+ incentive funds upon graduation.
Q: Can a student who during high school enrolls in classes for dual credit be reimbursed through the A+ Schools Program for the postsecondary credit?
No. A studentís eligibility becomes effective following high school graduation.
Q: Is a student required to submit a federal financial aid application before A+ incentive funds are available to the student for tuition?
Yes. The law governing the A+ Schools Program requires all students to make a good faith effort to first secure all available federal sources of funding that could be applied to the reimbursement of tuition and general fees assessed all full-time students.